The second half of the Democrat debates took flight tonight, with a lot of sniping between candidates making it resemble a food fight at times, as Sen. Kamala Harris said at one point.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah continued its zinging of the field, finding much ammunition in the foibles and stumbles of the people who desire to be the leader of the free world. Noah returned after the debates with Part II of his Votergasm 2020 wrap-up.
The polls are still being tabulated, but Noah was unafraid to declare a winner in Thursday night’s Democratic debate: California Sen. Harris.
After a clip of Harris confronting Joe Biden for his position on segregationists in the Senate and school busing, The Daily Show host said she was “busing Biden right out of the debate.” He added, “Isn’t this when you throw in a towel?”
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When Biden made the unusual move of ending an answer punctually, he said, “My time’s up,” leading Noah to say, “Your time is up.”
Noah pounced on a clip of Harris insisting on being heard because, as she explained, she was the only minority onstage. “People always accuse black people of playing the race card,” Noah said. “But that was the right time to play the race card!”
The host marveled, “Ho-ly sh-t! She just pulled an M. Night Shyamalan. She was black the whole movie!” Noah cackled. “That moment was so brutal for Joe Biden, I wanted to give him a massage.”
The episode, titled World War D: Get Ready For Some More Bad Spanish, began with a clip shared by O.J. Simpson sitting in his living room and talking about looking forward to the debate. “O.J. kills me … allegedly!” Noah joked. “If he really wanted to screw a candidate over, he would just endorse them.”
After Pete Buttigieg uncorked more white-dude Spanish, Noah said, “You know Beto was at home going “Ay dios mio, these people are stealing my swag!”
Sen. Bernie Sanders also came in for some ridicule. Noah lampooned his ultra-direct, shouty style, imagining his lack of bedside manner were he working as a doctor, not a politician.
“Your grandpa’s not gonna make it – the cancer’s got his balls!” Noah laughed. At one point, as demonstrated by a clip, all 10 candidates and the moderators were shouting but Sanders prevailed. “Who is dumb enough to get into a shouting match with Bernie Sanders?” Noah wondered.
Here’s what The Daily Show tweeted earlier before and during the debates:
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